Tarleton to observe Veteran's Day with military appreciation game, parade
Tarleton State University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 7, 2013
STEPHENVILLE, Texas—The purple and white will honor the red, white and blue as Tarleton hosts several military-related events to observe Veterans Day, including the Texans’ football game, which will serve as a Military Appreciation.
On Saturday, Nov. 9, cadets from Tarleton’s Texan Battalion, the senior Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), will co-sponsor a Veteran’s Day Parade beginning at 10 a.m. The parade begins in downtown Stephenville at the courthouse square and will continue west on Washington Street before entering campus at St. Felix Street.
More than 100 cadets from the Texan Battalion will be joined by area veterans and veterans’ organizations from the Cross Timbers region, as well as troops from Fort Hood and Junior ROTC units from the metroplex. The parade will also feature several pieces of military equipment, including Humvees and armored vehicles.
After the parade, football fans and the community are invited to Texan Alley at 11:30 a.m. for tailgating prior to the Texans’ 2 p.m. game versus Southwestern Oklahoma. Veterans, active duty military personnel and their families are welcome to a free hamburger and hot dog lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. under the big tent adjacent to the Recreational Sports Center.
Texan Alley will also include static displays of a dozen pieces of military equipment from Fort Hood’s 4-5 Air Defense Artillery Battalion and the 90th Aviation Support Battalion from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, the National Guard’s official NASCAR vehicle, a mechanical bull, and other activities for children and adults.
As part of the military tribute, the Texans will take the field at Memorial Stadium wearing camouflage jerseys featuring the words “Duty,” “Honor,” and “Courage” in place of the players’ names. The contest will also feature a special halftime performance of Tarleton’s marching band, The Sound and The Fury, which will provide a salute to veterans and all branches of the military. Along with the marching band, 12 cadets with the re-established Tarleton ROTC Wainwright Rifle unit will perform an armed drill.
“I am very impressed with how this group has taken on the challenge of bringing back this time honored tradition of the Wainwright Rifles," said Lt. Col. Jason Vranes, professor of military science. "I told this group back in August that there are many supporters throughout Erath County who have vivid memories about this group. I challenged them to train hard and focus on bringing back the history of the Wainwrights."
Several units from Fort Hood are scheduled to attend the game, along with military personnel from Fort Worth Naval Air Station. Current and former military personnel and their immediate families will receive free admission with a valid military ID by entering the stadium at the south end zone ticket booth located adjacent to the field house.
That evening, the Texans and TexAnns will take to the court in their season openers at Wisdom Gymnasium with tipoff set for 5 and 7 p.m. The TexAnns are set to face Howard Payne University, followed by the men’s game against Southwestern Adventist College. The basketball teams will don new camouflage jerseys for the military appreciation contests, which include free admission for veterans and active duty personnel.
On Monday, Nov. 11, the community is invited to a Veteran’s Day Ceremony at the Erath County courthouse. The 10:30 a.m. observance, hosted by the American Legion’s Turnbow-Higgs Post 240, will include a 21-gun salute by ROTC cadets as well as addresses by veterans and a wreath laying ceremony.
"We are really looking forward to recognizing all of the veterans throughout Erath County," said Vranes. "The events planned for the weekend are a small token of appreciation for the sacrifices of the veterans and their families. We hope that all veterans will come out to share in these activities."
Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System
Contact: Kurt Mogonye